What Is Erotic? Presents…

* Spellbound *

What Awaits YOU in the Forest?


SAN JOSE @ Hammer Theatre Center (101 Paseo de San Antonio)
Valentine’s Day Tuesday, Feb 14

San Jose TICKETS: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10140166
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SANTA CRUZ @ The 418 Project
Feb 10, 11 + 17, 18, 19
Two weekends!

Santa Cruz TICKETS: http://whatiserotic2017.bpt.me/
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An innocent camping trip turns into an erotic adventure when three friends stumble onto the secret passions of the magical forest, arousing more than just curiosity in the seductive satyrs, naughty nymphs and frisky fairies who live there. As the campers stray deeper into the woods, humans and magical creatures alike find themselves bound in ways they hadn’t anticipated.

Inspired by performers’ own desires and answers to our one provocative and personal question, What Is Erotic? creates original performance work that will leave you SPELLBOUND.

What Is Erotic?…Original Dance Theatre for Grownups.

Please purchase tickets at the highest price you can afford, this is a FUNdraiser. Forest creature attire welcome!

“Fun, Bawdy…Festive and Daring!” ~Good Times Weekly

Learn more and stay in touch with us at: facebook.com/The418Project

You may be wondering…is this show for me?
As we say, WIE is a sexy show, not a sex show.  Think about an R rated movie and you’ve got the idea. Of course, there is plenty of sexy stuff!—sexy dancing, sexy dialog, sexy spoken word. We promise to leave you hot and bothered, and maybe thinking about our One Provocative Question. If you don’t mind sexy sprites doing playful and fun things to unsuspecting humans, you’ll probably be fine.  There is no full nudity in this year’s show, however there are plenty of scantily clad performers romping about.


Answering One Provocative Question

Through Original Dance and Theater.

Every fall The 418 Project invites people of all experience levels, from professional performance artists to those with no stage experience, to apply for What Is Erotic?, The 418 Project’s largest performance mentorship program.  Now in its second decade, WIE has mentored hundreds of people, been seen by thousands, and is The 418 Project’s most successful fundraiser.

WIE mentorship participants receive five months of in-depth coaching and direction as they prepare to bring their personal content to the stage.  Whether through dance, spoken word, theatre performance, or volunteering for the show in other ways, WIE participants experience a safe space to reach deep, sometimes into edgy or personal material, and be seen in a highly professional and supportive environment that fosters artistic and personal growth and expression.

What Is Erotic? provides artistic growth opportunities, whether a participant is involved once or over a span of years.  An audience member can become a performer, a stagehand a writer, a dancer a costumer, production assistant or choreographer, as individual artistic strengths are fostered.

We welcome your support at: the418project.com/support

Learn more and stay in touch with us at: facebook.com/The418Project

Audition!  Volunteer!  Support!  whatiserotic.net

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN WIE What Is Erotic? is more than a theatre show.  It is a unique opportunity to step into places where you’ll feel sometimes vulnerable and most definitely vividly alive.  WIE presents the chance for even those experienced in stage and many with little to no prior experience to take part in a respectful, safe environment  that becomes a highly professional theater production.

The Story of What Is Erotic?


Once upon a time, Long, long ago, back in 2005, there was a volunteer who had an idea.  The volunteer wanted to create a fundraiser for The 418 Project, so he suggested a show sourced from community, called What Is Erotic? and that he donate all proceeds to the beloved community center.

At first, the show was, well, a little uneven, but Very Magic.  It wasn’t clear at first that the directors and the actors were playing with Fire, otherwise known as Sex.  Every year, folks appeared, not only to perform, but to volunteer and work as technicians, because they wanted to be involved in the project.  And each year, the show grew and changed, until people came from all over the Bay Area to see it and it became the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit.

Story Tellers and Burlesque Dancers.  Playwrights and Comedians.  Aerialists, Fire Dancers and Circus Artists.  Ukelele players and Gamalan musicians.  Opera singers and Magical Creatures of all kinds, some who had never before been seen on stage, came forth to create the Magic that is WIE. We began to discover hidden themes inside each season.  We began to learn how to create safety by understanding boundaries, a secret part of mastering our own Erotic.  We began to learn that this One, Provocative Question can never really be answered once and for all, but returns, renews and reveals itself endlessly and uniquely, to each of us.

People, performers and audience members alike told us, “This show changed my life.”  And we began to realize that, while it takes guts and vulnerability to let ourselves be seen really seen, in this way, our commitment to creating a show that is So Much More than Shallow rings bells down to the bone, through the spirit and out of the, well, you know, the “Deepest Parts” of ourselves! It is an Honor, a Privilege, and even more, a Pleasure! to Create this Living Artwork Together with You.

If you haven’t seen it, check out footage from last year’s show:  https://youtu.be/F2YeFWQDL2Y


Team Erotic, WIE Directors and Producers